The Uganda National Examination Board has registered a sharp decline in the number of candidates sitting for this year’s Uganda Aanced Certificate of Examination (UACE), which starts this morning by a margin of 7,421 students compared to last year.
A total of 108,359 candidates were registered this year in 1,803 centres compared to 115,780 last year.
Addressing journalists on Saturday, Uneb executive secretary Matthew Bukenya noted that the body had launched an investigation into the matter, which amounts to a crisis since the number of candidates registering for national exams has been steadily rising every year.
“Our term could have known by now what caused this, but they were unable to investigate the matter due to the on going exams. But very soon, we shall inform the public what led to this decline in number of candidates,” he said.
Recently, government kicked 12 private schools out of the free A-Level programme after failing to measure up to the required standards and were thus unable to conduct A-Level classes.
This could have forced many beneficiaries of the scheme to drop out of school over failure to pay fees.
Besides, the decline in candidates’ numbers, there is fear that heavy rains in many districts could affect effective transportation of examination materials. But Mr Bukenya said they were collaborating with Unicef to ensure that they provide alternative shelter candidates in flood prone areas.
This year’s candidates will be the second lot sitting after the introduction of two new subjects at Aanced Level Sub-Mathematics and Computer Studies.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor